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Houseboat on the Seine: A Memoir
     

Houseboat on the Seine: A Memoir

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by William Wharton
 

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The title brings to mind a luxury vessel on the most glamorous river in the world, but readers expecting to learn about the high life in France will be in for a surprise. In this charming memoir, painter and novelist Wharton (Birdy) instead gives us literally the nuts and bolts of building a houseboat, along with generous dollops of humor and local color. As a

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The title brings to mind a luxury vessel on the most glamorous river in the world, but readers expecting to learn about the high life in France will be in for a surprise. In this charming memoir, painter and novelist Wharton (Birdy) instead gives us literally the nuts and bolts of building a houseboat, along with generous dollops of humor and local color. As a struggling artist in Paris with his schoolteacher wife and four children, Wharton decided to build his own boat after visiting that of an acquaintance in the mid-1970s. He recounts the family's adventures in making their dream come true. They gave up their Paris flat and moved onto the boat, which docked 12 miles downriver from Paris at Le Port Marly. There they spent the next 25 years adding the finishing touches. The most poignant moment comes at the wedding of oldest child, Kate, aboard ship. The author reminds us that she, her husband and their two children were to perish in 1988 in an Oregon fire, a tragedy he recounted in Ever After. Some readers might have preferred learning more about life aboard the boat than about the details of building it, but this work will satisfy Wharton devotees and Francophiles alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062278357
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
792,920
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

A self-described painter who writes, William Wharton is the pen name for the author of two memoirs—Houseboat on the Seine and Ever After—as well as eight novels—Birdy, Dad, A Midnight Clear, Scumbler, Pride, Tidings, Franky Furbo, and Last Lovers. His works have been acclaimed worldwide and have been translated into over fifteen languages.

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Houseboat on the Seine 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm an engineer so I could mostly follow his descriptions of his efforts to restore a decrepit old boat. But there was way too much description about the most trivial challenges he had to overcome. Boring. And he's a painter. A few sketches would have proven useful. Also a few before and after photos (or paintings) would have been much more interesting then pages of dialogue about locating a couple of bolts (for instance). Maybe interesting if you're really into restoring old boats, otherwise a waste of time.